Leadership Tulare: Education
By: Jennifer Marroquin & Denise Damari
Education is a lifelong journey and the 2016-2017 cohort of Leadership Tulare class spent its Education Day exploring this journey and the changes that have been made over the years in the world of education. Educating our youth to become positive, contributing members of society is a vital task for our educators, whether you are a preschool teacher or a college professor. Through the years, many changes have been made in education and these changes were outlined throughout Leadership Tulare’s Education Day. In the past, rote memorization was a critical skill needed to move through the educational path; however, the role of an educator now is to train and develop 21st century learners. To be a 21st century learner, students need to develop their skills in the areas of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving. It isn’t enough to just be able to memorize facts, rather students, young and old, need to have the skillset to be able to think outside the box and be innovators. Throughout the day, the Leadership Tulare cohort was able to actively participate in activities that required them to use all of these skills so they could have a better understanding of how our students are being taught in our elementary, secondary, and graduate level classrooms. Hands-on experiences are what each of the presenters stated was essential for the students that they serve. When students can actively engage with the topic or content, they are more likely to retain the information and be able to apply it in other areas of life.
Not every child will be going to college; however, each educational organization that presented to the Leadership Tulare cohort indicated that the skills they are teaching their students are ones needed to become positive, contributing community members. Whether they attend college or move directly into the work force out of high school, students need to be critical thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in whatever field they choose. Education is vitally important to the future success of Tulare and our “Journey Through Education” day showed us that the educational organizations of Tulare have a clear plan to meet this challenge and make an impact on every student that walks through their classroom doors.
Special Thanks to: Tulare City School District, Tulare Joint Union High School District, Tulare Adult School, and College of the Sequoias Tulare Campus for presenting on this day.